A Collection of CAN Canada and Member Publications

Scientists call for a moratorium on oil sands development (10 Reasons)

Decisions about the development of the vast oil sands† deposits in Alberta and elsewhere in North America are among the biggest we face as Canadians and Americans. Their consequences for our national economies and shared environment will last decades to centuries. These decisions transcend the boundaries of scientific disciplines in ways that challenge accurate summary in media and debate.

We, a diverse group of natural and social scientists from both countries, began talking to each other because concerns about the …

How Much Climate Change Mitigation Action Would Result From Efforts Comparable to Canadian Provinces’ Climate Targets?

June 03, 2015
By Christian Holz

Earlier today, I presented at the 2015 Annual Conference of the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, as part of Congress 2015 in Ottawa. Here are the slides of my presentation and below is a slightly edited version of the talk I had prepared. The presentation was entitled “Do Unto Others… How Much Climate Change Mitigation Action Would Result From Efforts Comparable to Canadian Provinces’ Climate Targets?”, and here you go.

What I am going …

Now is the time to transform Canada’s approach to climate protection

by Louise Comeau

Daffodils weren’t the only things blooming this May long weekend. New commitments to protecting the climate are blossoming all across the country. On May 15, the federal government announced its contribution to the United Nations negotiations on a new global climate treaty, with a national target to cut climate altering pollution 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. On May 14, Ontario announced it would cut its emissions 37 percent below 1990 by 2030; Quebec is expected …

Briefing note on the Report on the Structured Expert Dialogue on the 2013-2015 Review

The UNFCCC’s Structured Expert Dialogue (SED) published its technical summary last week. The summary states that using the globally-agreed warming limit of 2˚C as a “guardrail” is not safe, and that Governments should aim for 1.5˚C instead.

Today, the Berlin-based research organisation, Climate Analytics, released a briefing on the main points covered by the SED. …

Canada misses end of March deadline for announcing its contribution to global efforts to reduce carbon pollution

Ottawa, Canada. April 1, 2015. Canada, as part of the ongoing United Nations climate negotiations, should have announced by the end of March its plan for contributing to global efforts to reduce carbon pollution. We’ve written Prime Minister Stephen Harper to offer advice on what a comprehensive contribution to the Paris climate negotiations should look like.…

Managing BC’s Forests for a Cooler Planet: Carbon Storage, Sustainable Jobs and Conservation


Climate Change has hit BC forests hard. A billion or more pine trees are now dead in the interior of the province, the result of an insect attack of unprecedented proportions, made worse by warmer than average winter temperatures. Meanwhile, due to unusually dry conditions, forest fires burn with increasing intensity. As greenhouse gases continue to accumulate in the Earth’s atmosphere, there is a pressing need to manage our forests in new ways. Properly done, management techniques that maximize carbon …

A New Climate for Conservation: Nature, Carbon and Climate Change in British Columbia


A New Climate for Conservation: Nature, Carbon and Climate Change in British Columbia explores the role of nature conservation in a climate action strategy for ecological adaptation (Part 1) and ecological mitigation (Part 2), with the key recommendation to develop a comprehensive and integrated Nature Conservation and Climate Action Strategy for the Province of British Columbia (Part 3).…

Stuck in the Tar Sands: How the Federal Government’s Proposed Climate Change Strategy Lets Oil Companies off the Hook


If greenhouse gas pollution from Alberta’s tar sands industry continues to grow at its projected rate, it will be nearly impossible for Canada to do its fair share to stop global warming. That’s why the credibility of any federal climate change strategy must be measured against its ability to reduce emissions from the tar sands. Unfortunately, the federal government has proposed a climate change strategy that would allow tar sands producers to more than double their total emissions over the …

Greening the Grid: Powering Alberta’s Future with Renewable Energy


This report presents a comprehensive analysis of Alberta’s power production and energy efficiency opportunities and demonstrates the dominant role that renewable energy and improved efficiency can play in seriously reducing pollution and meeting future power demand.

The report outlines two scenarios, one a “pale green” scenario that relies on renewable energy and energy efficiency to meet all new growth in Alberta’s electricity supply with clean technologies. The other, a more aggressive “green” scenario, shows how Alberta could move from 70

Dirty oil: How the tar sands are fueling the global climate crisis


Global oil addiction and an international failure to establish a price on carbon have created an explosive boom in the tar sands. Despite the current financial crisis, every major multinational and state-owned oil company continues to invest in the Alberta tar sands, now the world’s biggest energy project and Canada’s largest source of industrial greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.…

Provincial Power Play: Breaking Away from Federal Inaction on Climate Change


A remarkable shift in global climate change politics and policy has occurred in Canada over the past two years. When the David Suzuki Foundation first assessed provincial and territorial action on global warming in October 2005, the resultswere not uplifting. Only a smattering of policies in a few provinces addressed the issue. Most provinces and territories did not have an active climate change plan. Some good policies had been proposed, and even implemented, but none were found in all provinces …

Our Nation, Their Interest


A new report by Environmental Defence and ForestEthics called “Our Nation, Their Interest: The Case Against the Northern Gateway Pipeline and Tanker Project” was released today as part of a BC delegation to Ottawa. The report documents the reasons why Enbridge’s proposal is not in the interest of Canadians, from an economic or environmental perspective. For example, the report finds that the pipeline would carry 100 million tonnes of carbon pollution each year and is premised on a scenario of …

We should assess new pipelines like the Americans do

Clare Demerse

Over the last few months, debates about pipelines have become a staple of the news in Canada. Indeed, pipelines have become the main pretext for our conversations about climate change and the impacts of oil sands development – at least when Neil Young doesn’t happen to be in town.

As a result, many Canadians have come to know the starting lineup of the pipeline expansion team, from Keystone XL and Northern Gateway to Trans Mountain and Line 9, …

So who does Rex Murphy work for?

By Kevin Grandia

There is a brewing controversy swirling around longtime CBC commentator Rex Murphy and his relationship with Canada’s oil industry.

As long time readers of DeSmog know, Murphy has been a vocal supporter of the oilsands industry and a booster of those who attack the scientific realities of climate change. (Here’s a compilation of some of the articles we have written on Rex Murphy over the years).

Now questions are going unanswered by the CBC, and avoided altogether …